Tucked away among the beautiful quaint shophouses at Tiong Bahru is Long Ji Zi Char, famous for its Crab Bee Hoon. I absolutely love the Tiong Bahru area. It has a wonderfully eclectic mix of old Singapore charm by way of the old coffeeshops, wet market and low-rise residential blocks, and the new hipster cafes springing up over the last few years.
Last Saturday, we arrived in the evening to the outlet running at almost full house. On every table was a gigantic plate of this savoury Signature Crab Bee Hoon in thick broth full of crustacean flavour and an incredible smoky wok hei just wafting tantalisingly out of the plate.
Naturally, we ordered it even as we watched the tables of two wolf it down by the mouthful. This dry version is smoky, flavourful and the crab that day was very fresh. If you prefer the wet version, they also serve up a soupy alternative with thick bee hoon.
For veggies, we went for their Golden Dragon (Jing Long Chye) fried with beansprouts.
This was my first time trying this vegetable that originates in the Cameron Highlands and it’s sweet, crunchy and went wonderfully just fried lightly with the beansprouts. And interesting change from our usual favourites of 3-egg spinach and oyster sauce vegetables.
Next, the Homemade Egg Tofu with Pumpkin Sauce.
Apart from the Crab Bee Hoon, this was the other winner for me. The beancurd was smooth, soft and full of flavour. I’m a big fan of pumpkin or butternut squash-based soups or sauces so this was a creamy delightful mess of fried cereal sprinkled atop a pool of pumpkin sauce spiced slightly with curry leaves. I’d have liked it slightly more salty to balance the sweetness out but this worked just fine for me.
Another recommended dish was the Shrimp Paste Fried Chicken.
Crispy golden brown on the inside, juicy and tender on the inside. I could see why this was a crowd favourite.
All in all, Long Ji Zi Char serves up dishes of consistent quality with quite a few surprises in an area of popular food haunts. Worth a try if you’re in the area.
Long Ji Zi Char